Homeowners in New Jersey are eligible for a partial rebate of property taxes paid. If you owned and lived in a house in New Jersey on October 1, 2007, you are eligible. Renters like me are eligible for a separate rebate up to $860.
If you haven’t received an application, you should shortly. The state suggests calling the Homestead Rebate Hotline if you haven’t received this application by July 23.
Tenants will not receive an application. The rebate form for tenants was included in the 2007 income tax package. I checked my state tax return, which I filed via TaxAct, and my rebate application was submitted with my income tax form. As I am neither disabled nor over the age of 65, the maximum amount I can receive for this rebate is $80, a 6.7% increase over last year.
The calculation for the homeowners’ rebate is different. For those under 65 and not disabled, you will receive either 20% of the first $10,000 of property taxes paid (if your income is below $100,000), 10% of your total property taxes paid (if your income is between $100,000 and $150,000), or nothing.
To receive your rebate, you muat file your application by August 15.